Historical Political Events for January 7

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Year Event
1608 The Powhatan Tribe provided food to the settlers of Jamestown colony after a fire destroyed their provisions, which had arrived by ship five days earlier. Many of the colony’s buildings, including the first church, were destroyed. The tribe was eventually exterminated; "No good deed goes unpunished".
1789 The first U.S. presidential election was held. Electors met in each state, cast their votes, and sent the sealed ballots to the newly-formed United States Congress. Although the votes would not be opened and counted for several months, it was widely believed that George Washington would receive the most votes for president.
1971 DDT use outlawed by U.S. Court of Appeals. The ban is maybe good for the birds but definitely bad for the people. [It is said that more people die in 4 years, as a result of this ban, than Hitler killed in WWII {pdf}]
1980 President Jimmy Carter (D) signs the Chrysler Loan Guarantee Act, making $1.5 billion in federal support available to the troubled automaker.
1993 "Second-hand smoke causes lung cancer that kills an estimated 3,000 nonsmokers per year", the Environmental Protection Agency announces (EPA administrator William K. Reilly says 434,000 Americans die from diseases caused, or aggravated, by smoking, including 140,000 lung cancer victims). The EPA statement, based on a 4-year report which the tobacco industry challenges as inconclusive, calls second-hand smoke a Class A carcinogen and blames indirect smoking for increasing the severity of symptoms in 200,000 to 1 million child asthmatics and causing 150,000 to 300,000 cases of respiratory infections (e.g., bronchitis, pneumonia), in infants under 18 months of age. (Quoted from The People's Chronology,from Henry Holt and Company, Inc. Copyright © 1995, 1996 by James Trager. All rights reserved.) [This is an example of modern "Political Science" in which politicians and the government create or declare "scientific facts" to substantiate whatever social program they are promoting at the moment.]
1999 Impeachment trial of President William Jefferson Clinton (D) begins in Senate. Chief Justice William Rehnquist sworn in to preside. He swears in the 100 senators as jurors. [It is one thing for presidents to lie about wars and such, of which Clinton did his share, but quite another to lie about personal sexual activities!]
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Quote of
the Day
Right now a state law requires cold medicines with pseudoephedrine be placed behind the pharmacy counter. Pseudoephedrine is the key ingredient in meth amphetamines. To buy pseudoephedrine, you have to be 18 years old, show a photo id, and sign a log book. Now lawmakers want to put the same kind of restrictions on sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda.
    — Holly Brantley, KFVS, Heartland News
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